Get fit. Worry less. Be happy. Read more. The New Year kicks off with millions of people around the world vowing to improve their lives or at least make a list of habits they’d like to change or deeds they’d like to accomplish in the coming year. Some 45 percent of Americans typically make New Year’s resolutions while 38 percent of Americans say they “absolutely never” make such goal-setting lists. If you miss the mark in following through on your annual resolutions, you are in good company. Almost half of U.S. yearly resolution-makers are spotty in their success.
For 2017, some of the most popular New Year’s resolutions include the following:
1. Be healthier. Chances are everyone has listed at least one of these health goals on a resolution list: Lose weight. Eat better. Exercise more. Quit smoking. Eat less sugar. Drink fewer sodas.
2. Spend more time with family and friends. There never seems to be enough hours in the week to enjoy plenty of quality time with those you love.
3. Get organized. Now where did you put those receipts? Who left the toolbox there? This could be your year to clear the clutter by cleaning out the garage or those over-stuffed closets (well, at least the floor of the closet).
4. Manage time better. If running late is your consistent style, perhaps you pledge in 2017 to be more punctual. Or maybe you are tired of squandering time with unnecessary activities like buying and returning clothes and gadgets that you never use.
5. Save more money, spend less. Maybe you owe yourself to consult with a financial planner or friend with sound budgeting discipline. The more you oversee your money now, the more freedom you’ll enjoy in the years ahead.
6. Try something new or start a hobby. If you like music, maybe it’s time you take voice lessons or play an instrument just because. If cooking is a passion, why not invest in updated cookbooks or entertain more often?
7. Break an annoying habit. If certain people or situations trigger an unhealthy behavior, promise yourself this year you will step away from those people or situations before you make a bad-habit choice.
8. Practice more gratitude. Grumbling and complaining are attitudes worth leaving behind in 2016. Showing appreciation and cultivating a thankful attitude are resolutions always worth keeping.
9. Fall in love, stay in love. If you are looking for the right person, be the right person. If you are already in a relationship, remain the right person. For many, long-lasting love is a top priority every January and beyond.
10. Enjoy a travel vacation. Is the beach calling your name? How about that getaway to the mountains? Turn your dream adventure into reality by booking your 2017 leisure activities now.
What are some of your top New Year’s resolutions?
An award-winning journalist who has documented stories in nearly 20 countries, Beth Lueders is an author, writer and speaker who frequently reports on diverse topics, including aging and health issues for both U.S. and international corporations.